LAOS – Lone Buffalo Computer Lab
The Lone Buffalo English Development Centre is an English tuition and youth development project based in Phonsavan, Laos. The project’s primary focus is providing free English tuition, but the centre is also a multi-faceted project developing sporting skills, managing leadership and life skills programmes and encouraging the creative development of young people.
Our funds will provide a significant upgrade in the centre’s computing and film-making activities, by providing three computers to allow students to develop computer skills linked to the Student Development Programme. In addition, we will fund the upgrading of video equipment and a new processor for the editing IMac, enabling the resumption of student film-making activities.
The new computer lab facility will be used primarily by the 80 senior students in the project’s current ‘Develop Together’ programme along with the 30 students chosen for the Student Development Team. In addition, the projects Student Coffee Co-operative, which develops business skills as well as raising funds, will now be able to better record sales and provide accounts.
Ultimately, over 200 young people at Lone Buffalo will benefit from the new Computer Lab, a facility that will for many of them will help to change their lives.
Ahead of schedule, three Lenovo laptops have now been purchased and genuine Windows Office and Norton anti-virus have been successfully installed in the school’s new IT lab. The use of computer rules and warnings have been translated into Lao and displayed in the lab. The students will be given access to the PCs from 21 December 2020 when they return from term break.
A successful installation of a new SSD was completed in November. This has significantly improved the iMac efficiency and allowed Lone Buffalo’s media crew to complete outstanding Projects.